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Environmental Work

Detailed Impact Assessment (DIA)

About the DIA Process

The City of Kingston is committed to smart and livable 21st Century city underpinned with its long-term community and environmental sustainability strategies. It is imperative for the city to remain accountable to its citizens, and to the provincial and federal governments when planning, building and maintaining sustainable transportation infrastructure.

In 2013 the provincial Environmental Assessment regulatory requirements were completed and approved by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change.

For the Third Crossing Bridge Project, it is vital to satisfy the federal regulatory environmental requirements, along with the provincial and municipal requirements, in planning and implementing the new bridge both on land and in the Cataraqui River.

The Detailed Impact Analysis will include a comprehensive report submitted by the City to Parks Canada that shows the environmental considerations, impacts and proposed mitigation strategies for the project that recognizes:

  • The considerations to ensure the bridge infrastructure is well designed to avoid or reduce adverse effects; and
  • To achieve Parks Canada's mandate to protect the environment, and to foster public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment.  

City staff will collaborate with Parks Canada in the development and release of the draft DIA report so stakeholders and the public have an opportunity to provide input and see how environmental aspects were considered.

Steps to Satisfy the DIA Requirements for the Third Crossing Bridge Project

Parks Canada has provided a clear pathway to develop, submit and implement the DIA in order to provide a realistic project timeline and avoid unnecessary surprises and delays. The DIA steps are summarized below, which includes the progress to date:

  1. Development and submission of a project description – completed
  2. Parks Canada review of the project description – completed
  3. Selection of the appropriate EIA pathway – completed 
  4. Preparation of the DIA – Ongoing through 2018/2019 
  5. Parks Canada review of the DIA and determination of the significance of effects
  6. Parks Canada decisions on the effects and mitigation of the project
  7. Project implementation and follow-up
  8. Public review (see below for next steps and public consultation)

Next Steps and Timing and Public Consultation

The city is currently preparing the draft DIA report, which is the most intensive form required by Parks Canada. Once approved by Parks Canada, the city will post the draft DIA for stakeholders and the public to review and comment, at a minimum, for a period of 30 days. It is important to note that the city intends to post the draft DIA report for longer than the required 30-day period and seek input into the draft DIA through stakeholder and public engagement.

As the technical analysis proceeds, stakeholder and public engagement will continue with Indigenous People, near neighbours and key stakeholders through meetings, social media posts, and issuing print and electronic materials leading up to posting the draft DIA report. Once the draft DIA report is posted, the city envisions holding stakeholder meetings, public open houses, issuing print and electronic updates and other engagement opportunities to inform and seek ongoing input into minimizing the effects of the bridge. 

Environmental Studies Steps

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